Pride, small towns and random thoughts….and a fic rec

Did you ever feel like your brain is running away without you? I have so much to think about these days but can’t seem to concentrate on anything and some days I’m honestly sure I’m losing my mind. But I haven’t blogged in too long so lets see if I can come up with something that makes sense.

I’m still overwhelmed with the success of Wrapped Up in Chains and I keep going and checking the sales just to make sure I didn’t imagine it all. I keep thinking that if you would have told me 5 years ago when I wrote my first fanfiction that one day I would not only be a published author but that I would have this kind of success, I would have though YOU were the crazy one.

I’m still working on my Shifter story. I need to come up with a name for the damn thing. I’ve been bouncing some ideas off some very patient friends of mine (thanks Ash and Lisa)but so far nothing has really stuck for me.

I am the worst at coming up with titles and character names. My daughter actually came up with the names of the main characters in Wrapped and I couldn’t have been more grateful. For me it’s sort of like chosing a present for someone. It has to jump out at me and say “yeah, this is meant to be” before I’m happy with it. I will keep thinking about it I guess, but I’d really like a title. I think it makes it more real for me and inspires me to finish the story more.

Hey, I never claimed to be the most logical thinker in the world.

What else is new? Well, Pride is coming up in a few weeks. As some of you know, I went to my first Pride last year and I was completely overwhelmed by the whole thing. I will hold those memories in my heart forever. I have never been anyplace where I was surrounded by such a feeling of joy and goodwill in my life. Strangers stopped me on the street to ask if I was having a good time, their smiles brighter than the sun and it was so amazing to see everyone’s happiness.

I’m hoping to take Meghan with me this year. The parade in Edmonton is family friendly and I think it’s something she will enjoy. With the help of her dad, Scott, I’m raising my girl to believe in equality for everyone and I’m proud to say she’s off to an excellent start. I want her to experience those feelings that I had last year, surrounded by the LGBT community and their friends, family and supporters. I want her to live in a different world than I grew up in when it comes to equality and I’m hoping she will be one of the people who helps change it.

Someday I’d like to attend Pride in San Francisco or New York…one of those bucket list kind of dreams…

Other than that, there’s nothing too exciting going on around here. It’s Devon Days this weekend and I’m looking forward to fireworks, a small town parade (I always cry when the bagpipers go by) and mini-donuts. Devon Days is something I’ve rarely missed since my first one in the mid-80’s, even when I didn’t live here. The fireworks are Friday night and you can be guaranteed that we all spend the day wondering if it’s going to rain or not because Mother Nature seems to love to mess with our little celebration.

Saturday morning is the parade and my family has had the same spot on main street staked out for the past 15 years. We all gather there with our coffees and lawn chairs to cheer on whichever kids are participating in the parade that year. At the end of the parade we all make sure we have money to drop into the boots the volunteer firefighters are walking around with, raising money for Muscular Dystrophy before wandering through the fair, watching the kids on the rides and enjoying our yearly treat of mini-donuts.

Except for 3 years ago when it snowed…but that made it memorable too.

It’s about as small town as it comes and some of my best memories of this place I live in revolve around Devon Days.

So there you go. The place I live is about 20 minutes from Edmonton, so I get to enjoy the safety and comfort of living somewhere I’m not afraid to let my daughter walk around on her own, but I’m close enough to partake of some of the best parts of the city as well.

Wow, I’m kinda random today, huh? I told you my brain is on overdrive.

Anyway, be on the lookout for a more focused blog a little closer to Pride. I’m gonna be reminding you all of the reasons I support equality and how you can do your part as well.

And now for my fic rec.

It’s actually a series that I want to rec to you today. The Guards of Folsom series by SJD Peterson is one I’ve fallen totally in love with. There are 4 books and a short side story in the series and I’m hoping for at least a few more. This author’s characters are smart, well-developed and compelling, drawing you in and never letting you go from beginning to end. Be warned if you’re considering it though, it revolves around the sub/Dom world and won’t be for everyone. But the books are brilliantly written and I’m betting you fall in love with every single character.

You can find it here at Dreamspinner: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=796 and you can also find them at Amazon, although I encourage you to buy from Dreamspinner as that means more money for authors.

And of course, you can find Wrapped Up in Chains and all my stories at Dreamspinner here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_454 and at Amazon as well.

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